Microsoft acknowledges its mistake regarding ‘open source’: “We were on the wrong side of history”


Nicolas Rivera – May 18, 2020 – 17: 41 ( CET)

Brad Smith, current president of Microsoft, has recognized that the company was on the wrong side of history when it comes to the open source world.

Microsoft reconoce su error respecto al ‘open source’: «Estábamos en el lado equivocado de la historia»

“Microsoft was on the wrong side of history when open source initiatives exploded at the turn of the century.” That simple but forceful statement corresponds to Brad Smith, current president of Microsoft. The North American executive spoke those words during an event organized by the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

“The good news is, if life is long enough, you can learn that you need to change,” said Smith. “Today, Microsoft is the company that contributes the most to open source projects in the world. When we look at GitHub, we see it as the home of development open source , and we see our responsibility as your administrator to make it a safe and productive place for developers. ”

The statements of Brad Smith contrast with the words that other company executives spoke in the past . Among the most prominent are those of Steve Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Microsoft until the year 2014. He went on to say publicly that “Linux is a cancer.”

Satya Nadella changed Microsoft

At the helm of Satya Nadella (current CEO of Microsoft), those of Redmond have reached out to the community open source in various ways. Among the most outstanding movements are the purchase of GitHub in 2018, the alliance with Canonical to bring Ubuntu to Windows 10, the implementation of Chromium engine in the Edge web browser and development of a Linux-based Internet of Things (IoT) operating system.

Microsoft is also a platinum member of the Linux Foundation. It shares this position with other large corporations in the sector such as Google, IBM, Intel, Huawei, Samsung, Qualcomm, Cisco or Tencent.

Currently, Microsoft's share value is at all-time highs. The restructuring carried out by Satya Nadella has given strength to the company, whose market capitalization far exceeds one trillion dollars at a time when all markets are faltering due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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